Some in Pittsburgh may view the task of motorcyclists and motorists sharing the road together as being a contentious battle between both sides. In reality, very few (if any) drivers harbor any ill will towards motorcyclists. Yet it is not the ill will of drivers that motorcyclists may fear; rather, it may be simple carelessness. Motorists may not fully appreciate how their actions behind the wheel can affect those traveling in nontraditional vehicles, instead only viewing what they do in the context of drivers like themselves. While a simple sudden turn or maneuver may not endanger other cars, trucks or SUVs on the road, it can be hazardous to motorcyclists whose presence they are not aware of.
Unfortunately, when motorcycles and vehicles collide, it may not be difficult to imagine who gets the worst of the collision. This notion was on full display in a recent accident in Nockamixon Township. Two people traveling on motorcycles were hit head-on when a teenager driving a large truck lost control of the vehicle and entered into oncoming traffic. Both motorcyclists were killed in the collision, while the driver and her passenger were hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. Authorities are still looking into what caused the teen to lose control of the truck.
In cases such as this (where motorcyclists are killed in collisions), the families of accident victims may be left with a significant void in their lives. While much of that void is likely emotional, the financial costs related to their losses no doubt compound their sorrow. Compensation earned through legal action against those responsible may be what is needed to help deal with those expenses. Those needing such assistance may want to work with an attorney to secure it.